As fires in Strathcona and Lamont start to calm, residents now have the worry about worsening air conditions from days of smoke.

The air quality which is listed as “poor,” isn’t a hazard to those in good health, but those with lung ailments should report to a doctor if problems arise.

The fires, now reduced to smouldering, no longer have any open flames due to cooler weather and higher humidity.

“Things have calmed down,” said Vern Elliot, deputy fire chief with the Strathcona County fire department. “We are allowing residents some temporary access to their homes.”

Elliot said even with improving conditions, their forces have worked to protect at risk homes and set up containment systems so that if the flames resume, they’ll be ready.

“God forbid if it does flare up again, we have a better defence,” said Elliot.